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Can you tame a pressed ham?
Posted by Ben Weldon on June 24, 2010 at 4:50 AM · Report this
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Perhaps you're a sucker for a writer who is unable to tame the English language, and so constructs endless run on sentences. Perhaps.
Posted by Pol Pot on June 24, 2010 at 7:03 AM · Report this
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When I tried to tame a pressed ham, they adjusted my dosage.
Posted by gloomy gus on June 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM · Report this
Estey 4
Sorry, but the American need to make writing "appealing to an 8th grader" (no thanks, Vonnegut) leaves out many of my favorite authors: Celine, Robbe-Grillet, etc. (Currently: Check out Eileen Myles' "The Importance of Being Iceland" for some wonderful long sentences that are sinewy with thought and flow.) Thanks, Brandon.
Posted by Estey on June 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM · Report this
Estey 5
Whoops, Brendan. All apologies.
Posted by Estey on June 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM · Report this
Fnarf 6
@2 is right. That's run-on gibberish. The writer needs to investigate some other punctuation marks besides commas. The real long-sentence masters, Henry James, f'rinstance, would be appalled. Not that it made him an interesting writer but he knew what a semi-colon was for. Even Louis-Ferdinand Celine knew to use ellipses instead.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Fnarf 7
Oh, and "pressed ham" has one and only one meaning in the Stranger universe.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM · Report this
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#2 and #7. It's not a single sentence; it's just punctuated all wrong.
Posted by bobbo on June 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM · Report this
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#2 and #6. fixed.
Posted by bobbo on June 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Estey 10
I'll take ellipses over commas, too, Fnarf, though I was thinking more about the ranty sections of "Journey to the End of the Night" than the full-on "Death on the Installment Plan" Celine.
Posted by Estey on June 24, 2010 at 3:08 PM · Report this

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